Thursday, June 16, 2011
WHY NO OCTAVE OF PENTECOST IN THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE CALENDAR? UNFAIR!
After 50 days of Easter, it all came to an abrupt end on Pentecost Sunday in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Calendar. Monday resumed the 11th week in Ordinary Time, although it also happened to be the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, so the liturgical color was white.
Tuesday saw a return to the liturgical color green.
Not so, though, at St. Joseph's Tuesday afternoon Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form. The Octave of Pentecost was being celebrated, eight days of celebrating one event, the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The liturgical color is red for the entire Octave. And like the Octave of Christmas and Easter, the Gloria is said or sung.
To be honest, I like the simplification of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Calendar and it has gotten into my blood. I also like the classification of feasts, little "m" memorials; capital "M" Memorials, Feasts and Solemnities. I still get a bit discombobulated by the EF's descriptions of first and second class commemorations.
I wouldn't change the OF Roman Calendar too much. But I would like to suggest that we get rid of the name "Ordinary Time." Doesn't it sound banal to you? Ordinary?
I would also like to suggest that we return to the Octave of Pentecost. That wouldn't take too much to change and the Holy Father could do it with the stroke of a pen tomorrow if he so desired.
I would also suggest that winter/spring's Ordinary Time be called "Time After Epiphany" and summer/winter's Ordinary Time be called "Time After Pentecost." You wouldn't need to change much else.